July 27, 1945 ~ April 21, 2020

Born in: Winslow, AZ
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Anthony “Tony” D. Juarez, 74, passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2020. Survived by wife, Brigitte Juarez; son, Christopher Juarez; siblings, Michael (Sherry) Juarez, Niki Gilmore, Jaime (Kariann) Juarez, Susan Juarez, Alicia (Dan) Lopez and Vincent (Brenda) Juarez; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Anita Bashor; niece, Tracey Bashor; and brother-in-law, Tom Gilmore. Tony was born to Nicholas and Ruth Juarez on July 27, 1945, in Winslow, Ariz.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University and his MBA degree from the University of Denver. Tony served in the U.S. Army (in Germany) from August 1969 through May 1975.

He started his professional career with Mountain Bell in Flagstaff, Arizona and worked literally from the ground up at Mountain Bell and U. S. West, ultimately rising to the position of Director of Customer Services with Qwest Communications International, Inc.

In addition to his corporate roles, Tony was very much the entrepreneur. He was part-owner of Sports Parks of America, out of Tucson, Arizona. He was President of his own company, Telecom Prosearch, where he secured personnel for telecommunications companies throughout the nation. At the request of his brother-in-law, Tom Gilmore, Tony traveled to the Middle East as a consultant to a Saudi-American fire-fighting company. While there, he established and managed a New-Mexican food restaurant at the Carlton Hotel, Al Khobar, which still operates today. And among his son Chris’s friends, Tony is credited with creating the first breakfast burrito ever served!
Tony married Brigitte in 1992. They shared many passions, particularly travel. Together they visited scores of foreign countries, with Germany as their favorite destination. Wherever they have lived, the two of them have touched the lives of so many friends and family around them.

Tony loved history, particularly family history. He was invited numerous times to make presentations about his great-great-great grandfather, Antonio Chavez, a merchant from Santa Fe, who was murdered on the Santa Fe Trail in the mid-1800s. He enjoyed sharing the family history with younger members of the family who might not know much of the story. This interest prompted him to become active in the Southwest Historical Society when he and Brigitte moved to Pueblo from Denver.

Proud of his wife’s German heritage, Tony was a member of the Pueblo German American Club. He was a member of the National Street Rod Association and took pride in showing his 1954 GMC pickup truck at annual displays in Pueblo.

Tony was instrumental in restoring his college fraternity, Sigma Pi, to active status on the campus of Northern Arizona University. He was involved in many alumni events, and his relationships among his brothers blossomed into several life-long friendships.

He was a friend and mentor to many, including several young family members and friends of family. Those who knew Tony best would say he was driven to succeed in everything he ever undertook. And that, he did!

Service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Pueblo County Historical Society, 203 W B St, Pueblo, CO 81003 or a charitable organization of your choice. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  2. CandleImageBrigitte – I’m sure the loss of Tony was devastating for you. I knew you both when you started dating and it was love at first sight. That remained for you both and was beautiful to see two people truly love each other. I admire Tony for all he has done for everyone. I know he would want you to continue with your beautiful smile and giggle for all to enjoy. Best Regards.

  3. CandleImageBrigitte

    I am so sorry to hear about Tony. Our entire MBA class loved him. I didn’t fully understand the difficulties of being a widow until it happened to me. If I can provide any support to you, please call me any time day or night.

    Pam White
    303 217-0619

    • Thank you, Pam. When I first met Tony, I was so impressed with how many friends he had and how lucky I was to meet and marry him. We had a great time and we had many years left to plan for.

      His death is so unreal and incredibly sad because he was just fine and then gone all in one day.

    • Thank you, Pam. When I first met Tony, I was so impressed with how many friends he had and how lucky I was to meet and marry him. We had a great time and we had many years left to plan for.

      His death is so unreal and incredibly sad because he was just fine and then gone all in one day.

  4. CandleImageDear Brigitte – I am so very sorry to hear of Tony’s death. Such a shock and no words can express the sorrow. I will always appreciate serving on the board of the HOA at Aberdeen Bluffs with him, our after meeting dinners at Angelo’s and the couple of times we went “bar hopping”. What a wonderful life he lived and what a wonderful helpmate and partner you both were to each other. Your love for each other was evident to all who was around you. My prayers are with you at this time.

  5. CandleImageWords can’t express my sorrow and grief with Tony’s passing. We have been together through decades of living – sickness, health, relationships, jobs, partnerships, road trips and the list goes on. Tony had lots of friends, special relationships, fabulous marriage to Brigitte, his heart & soul in Chris, his whole family…..but no matter what, I was always and will always be his Dee Darling. Until we meet again with the blessings of eternity.

  6. Brigette and all-I was so saddened to hear this news. Please know I have been thinking of you

  7. Bridgett, we are so sorry to hear of Tony’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Family. I know you are strong and will be able to adapt to a life without Tony. May he rest in peace.

  8. RIP, Brother Tony. I have known Tony since his hair was dark an I had hair! It is taking a committee of 7 to come together to do the work for Sigma Pi of just one man, Tony Juarez. He was a mountain among us who love our Northern Arizona University fraternity. Just look at the warm messages so many have left here which prove Tony’s improtant role in the lives of so many others. And to Brigitte, thank you, in this, your hour of grieving, for stepping in to help us (Sigma Pi Brothers) obtain what we need to keep Tony’s passion for his fraternity alive. Again, rest in peace, Brother.

  9. I went to High School with Tony in Winslow Az.. I was happy to get reacquainted with him at our 50th reunion in 2013.
    My sincere condolences to the family.
    Ellen McAdams Pfulb

  10. CandleImageWe are struggling to find the right words, wanting our words to give you comfort, Brigitte. But we understand that your memories and love for Tony will provide what comfort can be found in this sad time. He was a man of many interests and talents and together you two lived full lives. We always hope for more time but the time you had together was happy and touched many other people. You will no doubt carry on in the same way. Keep the candles burning.

  11. CandleImageOh, this hurts! We’re cousins for seven decades living our lives in separate worlds then reconnect in our sunset years only to have your sundown day arrive unexpectedly, way too soon. Mutual encounters in our youth were fleeting and the time spent backfilling each other on our accomplishments, adventures, stories, family events during our recent visits in Pueblo and Albuquerque were so satisfying, soothing in their filling little gaps in our lives memories. Who knew that we both had spent time in Germany and Saudi Arabia? My compliments on your excellent taste in paintings and works of art. That memorable sun-drenched day last May when we took in the aircraft displays and Thunderbirds air show at Kirtland AFB followed up by sitting in the primo seats you secured to take in the fast-paced PBR bull riding at the Ty Murry invitational. And last weekend, you and Brigitte were supposed to be here for this year’s Ty Murry invitational but for this corona thing and the untimely silencing of your heartbeat. We’ll remember you this summer in Flagstaff. Rest in peace and God bless you, . . . and Brigitte, and Chris.

  12. I remember Tony for a number of interesting conversations we had at either German Club picnics at Pueblo Mountain Park (where he was one of the grillers) or at Stammtisch at the Shamrock. Especially I remember a presentation on his family history he gave at a German Club meeting. Fascinating! My condolences particularly to you, Brigitte.

  13. Brigitte,

    I’m absolutely heartbroken to hear of Tony’s passing. Although I only met him once or twice I always knew that by the way you spoke of him he was an incredible man. You’ve had an amazing life with him and I hope the memories help you through this time.

    Love and friendship,

    Dan Beadle and family.

  14. Tony’s enthusiasm is a great lesson for everyone. Tony jumped right in and did whatever it was up right, with enthusiasm. Something was always on his mind to learn about or to share with someone else. What a great guy and inspiration to everyone that knew him. Brigitte, we share your loss and you are in our positive thoughts, love Helen and Larry

  15. CandleImageDear Bridgette,
    I was so impressed by you and your wonderful Tony at last year’s Santa Fe Trail Symposium in St. Louis. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  16. Tony: you were my grill partner for many years. You would grill the best hamburgers, I would grill the brat- wurst for the annual Pueblo German American club picnic. We were often referred to as the Grill Meisters. How Christa and I will miss you when the Octoberfest in La Vita comes along.
    Our meaningful conversations are greatly missed. You will never be forgotten and will remain in our hearts
    forever. Christa and Bill Phillips

  17. Tony was a powerhouse of energy. He was a joiner, a leader, and a cheerleader. Tony’s energy in managing the Home Owners Association was a task that few would care to manage the details and leadership that Tony provided. Tony was at his best when he enjoyed telling other of his heritage. He was especially good at teaching us how to make tortillas. I’ll miss his energy and the caring he can for others. He was one in a million!

  18. CandleImageI was so shocked and saddened to hear this when Don Hensley left me a text last night. Don was my Big Brother in Sigma Pi at NAU and we’ve been good friends since high school and Tony had graduated from NAU when I arrived in 1968. I didn’t get a chance to know Tony until he and other Pi’s were working the phones a few years ago determined to re-charter Sigma Pi back to the NAU Campus. With gentle persuasion from Tony and Jim Farney I was happy to contribute to their efforts to get this ball rolling. I always enjoyed talking with Tony at the reunions and in one conversation between us he gave me one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever had when he told me if he was at NAU when I was there he’d have been happy to have me as his Little Brother. That’s a great memory I have of Tony and I will hold onto it. RIP my friend and brother and I’m glad I was able to get to know you even just a little bit.

  19. Tony was a great friend and neighbor. He was our HOA President and did an incredible job . He was always ready to go for a bike ride or play golf and was just plain fun to be around , He also became a good friend of my Swiss family . He and Brigitte visited Suzanne’s brother in Switzerland and Italy . He will be missed by Suzanne and I and many residents of Aberdeen Bluff !

  20. Dear Brigette and family, As you know, me and my sister Veronica were first received by the JUAREZ family by Tony when we found Tony through Ancestry search. It has been a God send that I find my family . We met with Tony, Michael, Tia Betty, Primo Freddie, and my brother Rick in Flagstaff just recently. Tony helped set up the meeting and introduction to our family. Tony and Freddie kept in touch and updated about Tia Betty. We have been received with open arms and Love by all of you. I have been blessed to have met Tony and Betty. Looking forward to meet many more of you, although under sad situation. Love to all, Ralph

  21. CandleImageFavorite Uncle Tony, “FUT”, was one of a kind in this lifetime. I am forever grateful to have been blessed with his love and companionship.
    I send my love to Brigette, Chris, our family and friends.

  22. Brigitte,
    Gloria & I are so surprised and sorry for the passing of Tony. We didn’t really get to know the two of you very well, but somehow we kept up with you both through Barbara. Whenever we talked, she always had something good to say about you and Tony.
    Perhaps we might be able to help if you have a need now. I know Barbara and Randy are here to help, but if we can do anything, please let us know.
    Jim and Gloria

  23. CandleImageDear Bridgitte, Everyone in the Bent’s Fort Chapter and the Santa Fe Trail Association are shocked to hear of Tony’s passing. It was always absolutely wonderful to have you two join us for our treks and events. We will miss Tony so much!!! When you feel like it, we hope you will join us along the Santa Fe Trail. Praying for you!

  24. CandleImageTony,
    I am blessed to have had you as my brother and my friend. I will carry you in my heart until we reunite. So many happy memories and shared life events! I miss you so much.

  25. CandleImageMy Dearest Brother,
    I’m so thankful for your love, your friendship and your guidance. There are so many things I will miss — our long conversations, your dry sense of humor, your teasing me about calling you from the road to fill the time on one of my long trips. Here’s to your next adventure (totally unplanned). I’m hoping you see my Tom but pray you two aren’t roommates again.

    Much Love.

  26. CandleImageMy sincere condolences and prayers to Brigitte and Family.
    Tony will be missed by so many of us. May he rest in peace.

  27. CandleImageDear Tony. My candle will continue to be as bright as ever before. Barbara and Randy are here with me and what a blessing. Randy completed your solar light project around the circle yesterday and both are helping me sort things out.

    Today we took a walk on a trail at the reservoir. You and I had planned to do that this spring. It was pretty cool.

    When we got home, Randy showed me where Three baby rabbits were born in the front flower bed. No wonder the adult rabbits were hanging out in the yard. You loved to wake up, look out the window to see if the rabbits were on the front lawn. You would be so surprised to see these little guys only days old right outside our front door.

    My heart is heavy knowing you are no longer with me. The outpouring of everyone you touched is phenomenal.

    It will be a long tough road living my life without you. But, know that I will be okay.
    Your love remains in my heart forever.

    BB

  28. So, sorry to hear about Tony. I really never got to talk with him much. But as a genealogist myself, I would loved to have talked more with him. You will always be in my prayers. God Bless and Keep you.
    Blenda

  29. CandleImageIn time of mourning, we will cherish the days and memories that were built by friendship. A friendship that developed into family.
    Tony was a great inspiration to our lives and will continue through yearly activities. Tony will always have a place in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Miss you and love you.

  30. My sincere and heart-felt condolences
    go out to Tony’s wife Brigitte , and to
    the entire Juarez family ! Rest in Peace
    Tony !
    Frank van Bergen.

  31. CandleImageI met Tony and Brigitte when they became neighbors in Aberdeen Bluff. We became and still are special friends. I served on the Aberdeen Bluff Board several times with him. They lived across from me and Tony was on my speed dial if I needed anything. We also had a ritual. We had to have coffee as often as possible to talk about what was going on in our lives as well as the neighborhood and world. We were looking forward to another coffee time.

    Brigitte we are both lucky ladies to have shared our lives with such special men. I am
    here for you always!
    Bev Beauvais

  32. CandleImageBrigitte, I am so sorry for this sudden void in your life and hole in your heart. May the joyful memories of your life with Tony sustain you as you grieve. Holding you in my heart.

  33. CandleImageBrigitte, what a wonderful tribute to Tony! It made me feel that I know Tony better. What a great man! The best part of him was having you by his side. You made a beautiful couple!
    Our hearts go out to you. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Blessings, my friend!

    Love, Ray and Kathy

  34. So sorry for your loss Brigitte. I didn’t know Tony but on reading about him he was a special man and will missed by many.

  35. Brigitte,
    Karl and I met Tony through the Pueblo German American Club 7 years ago. Tony was always there by your side, Brigitte. What a smile! He was always friendly and made everyone comfortable to be around. We will miss that smiling face and our prayers and thoughts go out to you, Brigitte! Please accept our condolences.

    From the sounds of it, Tony will be very busy organizing and running things. What a leader he was and will continue to be! Maybe he can help me with some Family History from the other side.

  36. CandleImageTony will be greatly missed. I had the privilege to get to know him and enjoyed his leadership and friendship.
    Our hearts go out to you Brigette.

  37. CandleImageTony, Thank you for setting the bar so very high for those of us that followed you in Flagstaff. You always showed us that grace, kindness and an accurate moral compass would serve us well. It certainly did for you. Your wonderful smile, gentle nature and quiet leadership will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.

  38. Brigette,
    The first time I met you and Tony at Park
    East I knew I wanted to welcome you to Pueblo and introduce you to others and all it took was that initial introduction and people loved you. You both always had such a incredible presence! My heart goes out to you in this unimaginable time!

  39. CandleImageI didn’t have the privilege of knowing Tony well, but learned of his greatness through my friendship with Brigitte! The love they shared will live on in the sparkle in her eyes for him! Prayers to Special lady, Brigitte, & all family & friends of Tony, as they learn to carry on with the many wonderful memories he left them! 🙏🏻

  40. CandleImageI didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know Tony well, but learned of the great man he was through the enjoyed friendship with Brigitte! He lives on in the sparkle of her eyes when she speaks of him! A hero in every sense! He will live on in the memories he left for all who loved him! Prayers for one special lady, Brigitte & all Tony’s family & friends as they learn to adapt to their very sad loss! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  41. CandleImageRIP my brother; your leadership, inspiration and friendship will be missed but your legacy will live on forever! Thank you for being my friend.
    My heard goes out to you, Brigitte, Tony was the best!

  42. Heaven received a new angel and great organizer. He was the heart and soul of Sigma Pi Fraternity and really, of all that he was involved with. To Bridgett we send our support and condolences.

    • CandleImageBrigitte,
      We are so sorry for your loss and can only pray for our good God to comfort you at this most difficult time. Unfortunately, we were hardly involved in your lives and that is our loss. Rest assured Tony will be welcomed with open arms into His kingdom. May we carry on in his honor and memory.

  43. Tony has been a long time friend. He and my husband Keith were in the same fraternity at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. You will be missed dear friend, but never forgotten!!

  44. This is one of my favorite Tony Juarez stories, it happened 40 plus years ago. Tony and I were in a Civitan Club with about 20 members. At that time Tony was employed at Mountain Bell in Tucson. Tony came up with an idea to take a group of severely disabled young adults on a weekend camping experience as a Civitan Club project. He had come to the conclusion that this population had never experienced summer camp, much less horseback riding, archery, and other camp activities. He arranged to use the YMCA Summer Camp north of Tucson on the weekend before it opened for it’s regular summer season. Almost single handed, he coordinated with the State of Arizona, Triangle Y Ranch staff, volunteer nurses, transportation, food needs, planned activity schedule, and the parents of the campers. We ended up with a group of about 90 campers.
    On the day of departure to camp, Tony was overseeing the group as they were boarding the bus. One of the mothers of an adult male was sobbing as she said goodbye to her son. Tony went to console the mom and told her that her son was in good hands and she should not worry about him. She said,” You don’t understand, I believe he will be just fine. But I haven’t had a free weekend to myself in thirty years. Thank you for arranging this event”.
    The weekend was fun, organized confusion and “everyone” had a great time.

    -This is a little lesson Tony taught me that I have used many times over the years. You may even have experienced this with Tony.
    Whenever we were on an adventure, whether it was skiing, hiking, at the Flagstaff cabin, on the beach in Mexico or wherever, Tony would have a hidden treat tucked away in one of his pockets. So as an example, you are riding the chairlift up the mountain and you are freezing, Tony would pull out a handful of mini Snickers Bars. Timing was always perfect and that Snicker Bar was the best ever! So when I step out on an adventure I now carry my own stash of treats to share at the right moment. It always reminds me of Tony!

    Tony will be missed!

  45. CandleImageI’m forever grateful that you were part of my life’s journey, thank you for believing in me, you’ll always be near and dear in my heart FUT. All my love Julia

  46. CandleImageOur sincere condolences to Tony’s wife Brigitte and all family members. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

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